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D.C.’s Most Anticipated Summer Restaurant Openings

The hottest restaurants en route to Washington

Second-floor dining room at Jinya.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

There’s a flurry of high-profile restaurants scheduled to join the local dining scene in the coming months.

Here’s nearly a dozen of the most anticipated hospitality ventures coming down the pike.

Sushi Gakyu

What: This upscale restaurant from chef Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota is expected to have both traditional and modern sushi, as well as sashimi offerings. Ota is also planning to showcase rice wines.

Where: 1420 New York Avenue NW

When: Late June

*Previous Sushi Gakyu coverage

Jinya Ramen Bar

What: The ramen chain is currently building out a 4,000-square-foot, sit-down restaurant designed by Ikedo Design and Grupo 7. The two-story space will feature seating for up to 100 guests at two bars (one on each floor), plus a 20-seat upstairs patio.

Where: 1336 14th Street NW

When: Early summer

Continental Beer Garden

What: Curt Large, owner of Continental Modern Pool Lounge, will open a 180-seat indoor/outdoor beer garden in Rosslyn. It’s a service station-turned-inside bar with a kitchen, while the gigantic outdoor beer garden will have two bocce courts, picnic tables, and lots of comfy outdoor seating. Smoked & Stacked founder Marjorie Meek-Bradley consulted on the brat- and half-smoke friendly menu.

Where: 1901 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Va.

When: July

Crimson View

What: The crowd at the new rooftop bar coming to Chinatown’s Pod Hotel should expect to snack on oysters and charcuterie at this forthcoming offering from D.C. nightlife vets Eric and Ian Hilton. A sibling whiskey bar is slated to open about a month later beneath the main floor.

Where: 627 H Street NW

When: July

The Dabney Wine Bar

What: Chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s Michelin-starred restaurant is expected to grow by transforming a currently brick-walled space into a wine bar and cocktail den. Expect shellfish and charcuterie to complement the featured pours.

Where: 122 Blagden Alley NW

When: July


What: Addie’s, named after restaurateur Jeff Black’s grandmother, was the spot that launched his culinary empire 22 years ago. After outgrowing the original space in 2013, it’s been closed as it awaits its new home in Park Potomac.

Where: 12435 Park Potomac Avenue, Potomac, Md.

When: July/August


What: Chef Matt Baker’s first solo project in rapidly evolving Ivy City will feature two tasting menus: a chef’s tasting option, and a vegetarian tasting program.

Where: 1401 Okie Street NE

When: September


What: KNEAD Hospitality + Design, in partnership with Top Chef alum and restaurateur Edward Lee, is scheduled to unveil the flagship 9,000-square-foot Penn Quarter restaurant featuring Asian-infused Southern cooking. Also expect lots of whiskeys and a sizable wine program.

Where: 915 F Street NW

When: Early August

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The Line DC

What: This much-anticipated (and long delayed) opening in Adams Morgan will showcase multiple projects, including three from James Beard Award-winner Spike Gjerde (including Mid-Atlantic and Southern restaurant A Rake’s Progress, plus a bar and coffee shop) and two from Erik Bruner-Yang (Spoken English, and Brothers and Sisters, both Asian).

Where: 1770 Euclid Street NW

When: Late summer

*Previous The Line coverage

Lupo Verde Palisades

What: The second location for the rustic Italian brand, from restaurateurs Med Lahlou and Antonio Matarazzo of the Lahlou Group, will boast a variety of small plates, charcuterie, breads, cheeses, and antipasti, and of course, signature pizzas and pastas. The 100-seat spot will feature a lower-level Italian market selling fresh and dried pastas.

Where: 4814 MacArthur Boulevard NW

When: Late summer

*Previous coverage of Lupo Verde


What: The new speakeasy sibling to Dupont Circle’s The Sheppard will be bigger, with two levels and more cocktail choices. Expect the same old-timey soundtrack and bordello look’ partners include David Strauss, Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn, and Vinoda Basnayake

Where: 1020 Seventh Street NW (inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center)

When: Early September

*Previous Morris coverage